June 26, 2017
To properly prepare for the CPA Exam, you will need to know these exam staples inside and out, so start by learning about Task-Based Simulations, their different parts, and how to practice with them.
|Number of TBSs||8||4||8||8|
|Scoring Weight of TBSs||50%||35%||50%||50%|
|Number of WCs||0||3||0||0|
|Scoring Weight of WCs||N/A||15%||N/A||N/A|
As a form of a constructive-response question, a Task-Based Simulation calls for a candidate to finish four to eight tasks using information provided. Completing a task may involve choosing the correct answer from a pop-up list, filling out tax forms, entering formulas or amounts into a spreadsheet, or selecting correct responses in a Document Review Simulation (also called a Document Review or DRS). You can learn more about the DRS in our CPA Exam video series. Each TBS also includes at least one research question. Research tasks require candidates to search the relevant authoritative literature and cite the appropriate guidance.
Task-Based Simulations help CPA Exam candidates demonstrate their ability to apply technical accounting knowledge to practical situations with refined skill and appropriate judgment. They also expect candidates to possess a sufficient grasp of the professional responsibilities of a CPA.
Task-Based Simulations include several helpful components such as:
Since TBSs account for 50% of CPA Exam scores for AUD, FAR, and REG, candidates should direct a significant portion of their study time toward comprehending and acclimating to this specific type of question. You can also use the largest CPA Exam test bank found in Gleim CPA Review Systems to practice completing Task-Based Simulations. To ensure that you have a full understanding not only of the process of answering a TBS but also the content tested on TBSs, Gleim includes detailed answer explanations for each TBS tab. You can also learn how to study for CPA Task-Based Simulations and get Task-Based Simulations CPA Exam testing tips from Gleim CPA.